Just as a community of Boxtrolls took a human orphan into their homes in the film produced by Laika Entertainment, humans are now able to take home the original puppets and props from “The Boxtrolls,” as well as Laika-made animated films “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” at a global charity auction Feb. 12 to benefit the Art of Elysium.
More than 250 one-of-a-kind puppets and props from the stop-motion animation studio will be sold through Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills or donated directly to the charity.
“In some ways, this has been a gut-wrenching process for me,” said Laika
president and CEO Travis Knight. “These worlds have been such a huge part of our lives here at Laika. Each piece tells a personal story. It’s difficult to let some of that stuff go, but part of what we do is not only creating art, but sharing it with the world.”
Knight said the Art of Elysium — a nonprofit through which artists and performers visit hospitalized children, in an effort to improve patients’ quality of life — is a good fit for Laika. The charity’s founder, Jennifer Howell “has dedicated that organization to enriching the lives of artists and critically ill children,” Knight said. “They, like all of us here at Laika, believe that there is a powerful and mutual exchange in appreciation when artists share their time and their talent.”
Howell said it’s rare that the organization is selected as a beneficiary of an auction, and added that she hopes Laika’s partnership will expand into show-and-tells of stop-motion animation and character creation for the children.
“The artistry that goes into making these puppets, and the details, the design, the concept, the writing, the story — it’s everything we believe in as a charity,” Howell said. “They’re creating these figures from absolutely nothing and telling these incredible stories in this cutting-edge way.”